District Council 57

AFSCME California Using Fight For Workers' Rights


AFSCME members from across California came together in Sacramento this past week for an intensive campaign training program, statewide PEOPLE convention and lobby day at the state capitol. These members gained new skills, worked with new organizing tools and joined together as part of the greater fight to protect workers' rights in San Jose, San Diego and across the Golden State.

A group of approximately 60 members participated the the Political Action Campaign Institute. These AFSCME activists participated in classroom sessions where they gained the skills used to run successful political campaigns. They turned around to use these skills firsthand in a simulated legislative primary campaign. The Institute energized and inspired the participating members to get more involved in electoral and issue campaigns.

AFSCME members from across the Golden State also met for the California PEOPLE convention and lobby day. The members at the PEOPLE convention had the opportunity to learn about pension fights, legislative outreach and the utilization of social media in battleground fights. Members also had the chance to strategize for the upcoming pension fights in San Jose, San Diego and on California's statewide ballot.

These AFSCME activists put their new skills and tools into action in today's lobby day at the state capitol. AFSCME members spoke with their state legislators about dangerous legislation that would harm public workers' retirement security, introduce “corporate deception” into the state and make it more difficult for managed care workers to do their important work. The participating AFSCME members also supported a millionaires' tax, calling on the wealthiest Californians to pay their fair share to fund vital public services.

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